Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela International DayLater this week events will be taking place around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

In 2009, the UN declared Mr Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the contribution he has made to the struggle for democracy and the promotion of peace around the world.

To celebrate and mark the day, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is calling on people to devote 67 minutes – one for every year of Mr Mandela’s public service – to helping others.

Here in Scotland, a number of events are being organised by Action for Southern Africa Scotland (ACTSA).  ACTSA is asking people to use their 67 minutes to donate children’s books to be sent to school libraries in Nelson Mandela’s home province of Eastern Cape.

The collection is looking for children’s books of all kinds whether fact or fiction.  All they ask is that the books are in English and that they are in good condition.  The collection will help to promote reading for fun which will in turn help to improve literacy among young people.

The following collection points will be accepting donations on Thursday so if you have any spare children’s books at home I hope you will consider taking them along:

  • Dundee – GMB office,  Kimberley Buildings, 38 Whitehall St., Dundee DD1 4AF
  • Edinburgh – NAS/UWT Office, 35 Young St. North Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 4JD
  • Glasgow – STUC offices, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow  G3 6NG or any Glasgow public library
  • Kilmarnock – GMB office, 9 The Foregate, Kilmarnock KA1 1LU
  • Inverness – UNISON Highland Area Resource Centre, 53, Shore St., Inverness IV1 1NF
  • Paisley – Independent Financial Advice Centre (Glasgow) Ltd., 67, Causeyside St., Paisley  PA1 1YT